Date/Time Event
Tuesday, 26th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write with Nafeesa Hamid


In The Things I Would Tell You, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, British Muslim women write. It is a vibrant collection on everything from Islamic Tinder to friendship, from desire to religion, from war to representation; ‘an alternative to the current homogenous narrative of British Muslim identity’. (The Skinny)

The Things I Would Tell You




We are delighted to welcome contributors to the best selling anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, published by Saqi Books.  Join us for readings and discussion of the anthology as well as some poetry with fabulous poet Nafeesa Hamid.   One other speaker to be confirmed. We will also be able to hear some of Nafeesa’s poems from her forthcoming collection to be published by Verve Poetry Press.
Nafeesa Hamid is a poet, playwright and spoken word artist from Birmingham.  Her work engages with issues of mental health, domestic violence, gender, identity and culture.  She regulary performs in the Midlands and London and has worked with Apples and Snakes and Twisted Tongues among  others.  She is part of Mouthy Poets, a collective of young artists and performers based in Nottingham.
£4 including refreshments.  Booking essential. To book a place, simply email us at
Nafeesa Hamid
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Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 27th June
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Award winning novelist Elif Shafak gives the second annual Unesco City of Literature lecture.

An event with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and Five Leaves Bookshop as part of Feminist Book Fortnight




Elif Shafak

Nottingham welcomes Elif Shafak , internationally acclaimed author and political commentator. This lecture aims to provide a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share their ideas and promote Nottingham city’s wide ranging expertise on international literature, literacy and the wider creative economy to a variety of audiences nationally and internationally.

In her lecture Elif Shafak will talk about literature in the context of gender equality and reflect on the individual and multi-layered experiences of women.  She will talk about what reading means to her in private and professional life and delve into how it plays a role not just in enabling choice and action, but also in helping us to understand the perspective of others.

Please note venue: : Arts Centre Lecture Theatre at Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham

Tickets here:

Venue: Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham
Thursday, 28th June
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Year of Publishing Women, with And Other Stories and guests

And other stories




A Feminist Book Fortnight event

In June 2015 author Kamila Shamsie laid down a challenge to the male dominated publishing industry: “It is clear that there is a gender bias in publishing houses and the world of books. Well, enough. Why not try something radical? Make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women, in which no new titles should be by men”

The publisher And Other Stories duly decided to make this year the year they only published women.

At this event an editor from the publisher will talk about how this decision worked out, with guest readings from one of their authors and/or one of their translators.

Tickets: £3, including refreshments

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Friday, 29th June
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Ann Pettifor on The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers  

Ann PettiforfbfFive Leaves Bookshop is delighted to welcome political economist Ann Pettifor to give a talk as part of Feminist Book Fortnight and  in association with The Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at The University of Nottingham)  Her book, The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers is published by Verso Books .

What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it?  One may well ask.  To many of us, it is a mystery. A respected economist who predicted the 2008 crash and the reasons for it,  Ann Pettifor has a real skill for making the money system, the future of finance, economic policy and feminist economics engaging and accessible. She debunks much of what traditional economists and politicians tell us.

Ann Pettifor is a political economist with a focus on finance and sovereign debt. She is the Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), an honorary research fellow at City University, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and has an honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. She has served on the board of the UN Development Report and in 2015 was invited onto the Economic Advisory Board by the British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. She is the author of The Real World Economic Outlook and The Coming First World Debt Crisis, and co-authored The Green New Deal and The Economic Consequences of Mr Osborne.  She also writes regularly for The Guardian.

“Ann Pettifor was always the ideal author of a book that shatters the fantasy of apolitical money and the toxic myth that monetary policy must remain a democracy-free zone. This book is now a reality.”

– Yanis Varoufakis, author of And the Weak Suffer What they Must?

Please note venue: not at the shop.  Venue is the Clive Granger Building A40 at University of Nottingham.  The building is number 16 on the campus map here

Free, but booking essential. To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Clive Granger Building, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Saturday, 30th June
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lowdham Book Festival's Last Saturday

Five Leaves is pleased to again organise the last day of Lowdham Book Festival – this year being its nineteenth year.

16 events over the day, dozens of stalls from new and second-hand booksellers, book organisations and letterpress printers. Children’s programme. Cafe.

All events are free.  The main festival is organised by The Bookcase of Lowdham.

Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham
All Day Book Fair and Cafe
Throughout the day the Village Hall hosts a cafe serving hot and cold drinks, salads and panini, cakes and ice-cream. The bookfair is spread over the Village Hall, a marquee behind the village hall and assorted gazebos. It features shops selling new and second hand books, publishers, charities and book trade organisations. There’s an (always popular!) display of old fashioned printing equipment. There will be books for adults and children, bargain books and books by all the authors appearing at the Festival.

Sessions are first come, first served and can’t be booked in advance … so pitch up early if you think your choice might be popular!
This year our programme includes our usual helping of local history, poetry, crime fiction… but also includes fiction from East Europe and Ireland, history talks on the Spanish Flu Epidemic, landscape, skeletons and neuroscience….

Lost Nottingham – a city in pictures, an illustrated talk by Ian Rotherham
to include the launch of the new book Nottingham: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series), and extracts from Lost Nottingham in colour‘and Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries – a companion to the land of Robin Hood.

Skeletons, with Jan Zalasiewicz

From the bones of dinosaurs to the capsules of microscopic life, skeletons hold life together, build reefs, give armour for protection, strengthen our bodies. Without skeletons, life would not exist. Jan Zalasiewicz is a Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester.

Writing about Neuroscience, with Jonathan Taylor

 Jonathan Taylor’s memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007) was recently named by top neurologist Prof. Andrew Lees as one of his Five Best Books on Neuroscience ( In this session, Jonathan talks about his memoir and his other writings inspired by neuroscience, and also recommends his own favourite books on the subject.

The Afterlives of Dr Gachet, with Sam Meekings

Sam Meekings returns to childhood home of Nottingham to read from his novel about the life of Dr Gachet, the subject of one of Van Gogh’s last paintings. His reading tour includes the Institut Van Gogh in Auvers.

His first book, Under Fishbone Clouds, was published in the UK, the USA and Brazil, and was called “a poetic evocation of the country and its people” by the New York Times. Meanwhile, the Scottish Review of Books said of hiswork that The Book of Crows is a profound novel, and Meekings demonstrates a greater degree of ambition than some of his contemporaries.” He has been featured in The Independent, on Arena on Radio 1, and in the National Geographic.


How to Read the English Landscape, with Andrew Bibby

Andrew’s books include Backbone of England which focused on northern upland landscapes. His new book delves into the landscapes of ‘middle England’, using the device of a journey made by bicycle along the belt of Jurassic limestone from west Dorset to north Lincolnshire. Andrew turns to social history, economics, and literature, to describe why the countryside looks the way it does. He considers efforts taken to improve community life, ranging from the co-operative village shop in Northamptonshire to the campaign for affordable housing in a Dorset village. He looks at land usage land ownership, discussing how the countryside today is shaped by agricultural subsidies and estate management.

Pandemic, 1918 an illustrated talk with Catharine Arnold

 “In the same city, the Victoria Baths swimming pool was drained and turned into a temporary morgue when the local council ran out of places to store the dead. By the week ending 16 November 1918, Nottingham had the highest death rate in the country: 60,000.” This is the story of Spanish flu, which killed 100 million people globally.

The Piano Room, with  Jaroslav Melnik

Jaroslav Melnik (Jaroslavas Melnikas) is a celebrated Ukrainian/ Lithuanian writer. He has won the BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Award in the Ukraine and has been nominated for it multiple times. His books have been best sellers in Lithuania and his writing is celebrated in France. Today he will be reading in English and discussing East European fiction with Stephan Collishaw (Noir Press). 

New Irish Writing, with Deirdre O’Byrne

Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends was the book other publishers said they wished they had published last year. Eimear McBride won the Goldsmiths Award for her experimental fiction. Then there’s the short story writer Claire Keegan and the novelist Sara Baume, all making waves. Deirdre will introduce you to a new generation of Irish writers and give out samples of their writing to discuss. 


 The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness, with Graham Caveney 

The Boy with… is a memoir of a northern, Irish-immigrant working class family, and an adolescence that was redeemed, then betrayed, by his headteacher, a priest, who introduced him to a world of arts and culture, but who also abused him. This memoir was one of the most widely reviewed books of 2017, now out in paperback.

 The Welbeck Atlas, an illustrated talk by Steph Mastoris

Steph Mastoris is the editor of The Welbeck Atlas produced by the Thoroton Society. It is presented together with a description of the work of William Senior in the 17th century and includes maps of the Earl of Newcastle’s estates in Nottinghamshire, much of which lay within Sherwood Forest, as well as maps of estates in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Northumberland, so it is of great local interest. 

 Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel*, with Dr Teika Bellamy

Although there are many successful women authors in the science fiction genre today, it is still very much a genre dominated by men. Join Teika Bellamy, the founder of Mother’s Milk Books and the editor of the popular series The Forgotten and the Fantastical, discuss the current state of the genre with regards to women authors. She will be joined by other local writers and readers. 

 The Shoestring Poetry Hour, with Jonathan Taylor and Robert Etty

 Nottinghamshire’s leading specialist poetry publisher, and long-time Lowdham regular, John Lucas of Shoestring Press launches a new collection by Leicester poet Jonathan Taylor and offers a welcome return by Robert Etty from Lincolnshire.


 Vikings Nottinghamshire, an illustrated talk by Rebecca Gregory

Nottingham was part of the Danelaw, the Viking settlement. Traces can still be found in street and village names, the local dialect and archaeological finds. Did you see the big exhibition recently at Lakeside?

In Transit, poems about travel with Sarah Jackson and Tim Youngs

‘I’m fascinated by this relationship between imagination and travel. What is it about being on the road that has inspired so many poets? How is the rhythm of movement translated into poetic form? And how does the texture of the journey shape the language of each poem? In this reading, Tim and I want to explore the physical, social and psychological implications of travel, gathering together a range of poems that challenge our assumptions of what it means to be in transit.’ 

Sarah and Tim edited the Emma Press book, In Transit. They will be joined by contributors Jo Dixon, Richard Goodson, Rory Waterman and others from the collection

Crime fiction, with  Roz Watkins 

Roz Watkins’s Detective Inspector Meg Dalton is a slightly overweight, feminist vegetarian who plies her trade in the Peak District. It was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger and is being adapted for TV.  In her novel, Devil’s Dice, a body is found near The Devil’s Dice – a  network of caves and a well-known local suicide spot. The man’s initials and a figure of the Grim Reaper are carved into the cave wall behind his corpse, but bizarrely, the carvings have existed for over one hundred years…

Words Best Sung, with Lee Stuart Evans

Lee Evans is a comedian – no, not that one, this Lee Evans is funny. He writes for Stephen Fry, Julie Walters and a host of top stars, but here is appears in his own right with Words Best Sung, a very loosely family autobiographical novel of the 1960s. There is a sound track – the music of the 60s – but primarily this is a novel of working class life in Worsop. There’s a lot about finding love and happiness, and a lot about steam trains.

Find the full Festival programme on the website of The Bookcase or pick up the physical programme, which looks  like this:








Venue: Lowdham Book Festival, Lowdham Nottinghamshire
Monday, 9th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Poetry from New Zealand/Aotearoa with John Gallas and Vaughan Rapatahana

This event will feature readings in English by John Gallas and readings in te Reo (Maori) and English by Vaughan Rapatahana.

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John is a Carcanet poet who was born in New Zealand in 1950. He came to England in the 1970s to study Old Icelandic at Oxford and has since lived and worked in York, Liverpool, Upholland, Little Ness, Rothwell, Bursa, Leicester, Diyarbakir, Coalville and Markfield, as a bottlewasher, archaeologist, and teacher. His books are published by Cold Hub Press (nz) and Agraphia (Sweden), and The Little Sublime Comedy is his tenth Carcanet collection. He is the editor of two books of translations – 52 Euros and The Song Atlas – also published by Carcanet. He is a Fellow of the English Association and was 2016 Orkney St Magnus Festival poet. Last year Five Leaves published a pamphlet – Mad John’s Walk about John Clare, but expect to hear more about New Zealand at this reading.

You can hear Vaughan reading in te Reo and English here:

Vaughan is a New Zealand writer and reviewer. Though perhaps best known for his poetry, his bibliography also includes prose fiction, educational material, academic articles, philosophy, and language critiques. Rapatahana is of Māori ancestry, and many of his works deal with the subjects of colonial repression and cultural encounter. His writing has been published in New Zealand and internationally. In 2009, he was a semi-finalist for the Proverse Prize in Literature and in 2013 he was a finalist for the erbacce prize for poetry.

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£4.00 including refreshments. To  reserve your place simply email us at


Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 12th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Accidental Memoir, writing your life story with Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper - book launch

You are invited to join Eve and Anthony to launch their new book on life writing.

The Accidental Memoir truly is for all: writers and non-writers, teachers and students, the perfect book for anyone seeking inspiration to explore their own life story.C:\Users\pubnzm\Downloads\084637-FCT (1).TIF

 The story of you. The Accidental Memoir takes you on a journey of self-discovery, from the origins of your family name and earliest memories, to what you’d invent and how you’d change the world. This beautifully illustrated book is filled with inventive and accessible writing prompts, as well as tips for anyone wanting to document their lives and explore their creativity. Want to flex your writing muscles, exorcise your demons, relive moments of magic, make sense of life, have fun and leave a lasting legacy? The Accidental Memoir will show you how.

This innovative concept was developed as an Arts Council project to help people tap into their own lives. Working with diverse groups from refugees to the elderly and prisoners, it has been a success in unearthing stories that otherwise may never have been told.

Eve Makis studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. Her first novel, Eat, Drink and be Married, was awarded the Young Booksellers International Book of the Year Award. A screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple was shown in April 2017 and won several best in category awards at International Film Festivals. Her fourth novel, The Spice Box Letters, published in five languages, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, the East Midlands Book Award and received the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal.

Anthony Cropper was born in Fleetwood, Lancashire. He has published two novels and a collection of short stories. His play, I’ll Tell You About Love won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama and he recently worked with Bristol Old Vic, writing the screenplay for the short film, Myself in Other Lives. Anthony has taught creative writing both in this country and abroad. He has worked with adult learners on short courses for the University of Hull (Centre for Lifelong Learning) and has also held writing residencies in schools through First Story, a charity set up to promote literacy and storytelling.

Free, refreshments provided, but please let us know you are coming by emailing us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Monday, 16th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Europe's Fault Line: racism and the rise of the right, with Liz Fekete
It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen?

An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly configured right interconnects with anti-democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, Europe’s Fault Lines provides much-needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths.
Old racisms may be structured deep in European thought, but they have been revitalised and spun in new ways: the war on terror, the cultural revolution from the right, and the migration-linked demonisation of the destitute “scrounger.”

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Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations, where she has worked for over thirty years. She heads its European Research Programme and is advisory editor to its journal Race & Class. She is also the author of A Suitable Enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe.

“Racism, for Liz Fekete, is the breading ground of fascism, and her struggle to combat both – on the ground and in her writings – has earned her the reputation of being an intrepid organiser, an inspirational speaker and an organic intellectual.”  A. Sivanandan

This talk forms part of “Remembering Srebrenica”, as Liz Fekete looks at the roots of racism and genocide
Entry £3.00, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming  by emailing us at
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Thursday, 19th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autism in the Workplace, with Janine Booth
Neurodiversity in the workplace can be a gift. Yet only 15% of adults with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) are in full-time employment. This talk examines how the working environment can embrace autistic people in a positive way.
Janine Booth highlights common challenges in the workplace for people with ASC, such as discrimination and lack of communication or the right kind of support from managers and colleagues, and provides strategies for changing them. Setting out practical, reasonable adjustments such as a quiet room or avoiding disruption to work schedules, this talk demonstrates how day to day changes in the workplace can make it more inclusive and productive for all employees.Autism Equality in the Workplace

Autism in the Workplace is intended for any person with an interest in changing working culture to ensure equality for autistic people.The talk is suitable for employers, managers, trade unionists, people with ASCs and their workmates and supporters.

Janine Booth is active in the RMT trade union, having previously represented its London Transport members on the union’s National Executive. She is Chair of the union’s Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee and co-Chair of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee,

As part of her disability campaigning, she particularly work on the issue of autism, including running training and giving presentations to trade unionists about autism in the workplace. She is the author of Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination.

£3.00, including refreshments. Booking essential on as our previous event on autism was oversubscribed
Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Wednesday, 25th July
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Book Group: Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk

IstanbulIstanbul: Memories of a city is a shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the world’s great cities, by its foremost writer. Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2006, was born in Istanbul, in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms. His portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy that all Istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost Ottoman Empire.

Five Leaves Book Group is open. It usually meets on the last week of each month, discussing fiction and non-fiction. We’re happy that people come once in a while, we’re happy if people turn up every time. As long as they have read the book. We don’t mind where people source their books but in the lead up to meetings we offer 15% discount on book group books, whether people are planning to come or not!

Free, refreshments provided.

To book a place, simply email us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 15th September - Friday, 21st September
All Day
Nottingham Peace Week

Nottingham CND is co-ordinating a Peace Week, in the mould of the Quaker Peace Week of three or four years ago ie asking sympathetic groups to organise their own events within the overall ethose. We’ll be doing… something.

Thursday, 11th October
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Leafe Press, poetry in the fall

Leafe Press was launched at a reading in Nottingham in April 2000, and has published a wide range of poetry, though our main interest at present is in innovative or experimental poetry.

Tonight’s reading comprises new and old work from Frances Presley, Martin Stannard and Andrew Taylor.

As well as pamphlets and books, Leafe publishes the online magazine Litter  (


£3, including refreshments. Please let us know you are coming by emailing us at

Venue: Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham
Saturday, 17th November
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Second Nottingham Radical Bookfair

Nottingham’s second radical bookfair, organised by Five Leaves Bookshop, featuring stalls by national and local publishers, second-hand booksellers and a full supporting programme throughout the day.

Free, with free events. No need to book.

Full details of exhibitors and events to follow

Part of our annual Bread and Roses week

Cafe on site

Venue: Nottingham Mechanics Institute, Nottingham